WINTER OFFER – WORCESTERSHIRE ON FILM


Only 18 days until Christmas! If you haven’t started Christmas Shopping already, now is a good time to start and what better present to give than the gift of nostalgia?

A county filled to the brim with history and cultural heritage, Worcestershire is a place of rolling countryside’s, rivers, towns, villages and communities rich in manufacturing and farming, from market gardening in the Vale of Evesham to carpet making in Kidderminster.

In a film produced and edited by acclaimed filmmaker Andy McKay, with help from the Lincoln School of Media, you have the opportunity to witness rare and newly restored films ranging from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

Whether it is from shots of Winston Churchill’s visit to Worcester on 20th May, featuring a glimpse of the newly discovered letters between Churchill and the city’s mayor from 1945, or from the historic footage of the 1969 demolition of the house on Rainbow Hill where Sir Edward Elgar died, you are guaranteed to discover previously uncovered hidden gems.

The film also features a variety of more footage ranging from news reports from ATV, including the village reaction to the possible sale of Bredon church spire to America in 1968, to a focus on industry with a 1925 film illustrating carpet making in Kidderminster and a look at needle making in Redditch in 1968.

Conviently organised into seven themes, Worcestershire on Film allows you to choose how you want to make your exploration of twentieth century Worcestershire.

59To purchase this DVD in our 12 day only offer of £5, you can purchase online at the MACE website or you can order via telephone by calling MACE on 01522 837750.

Ombersley in the 70s Revisited Full Circle Film Screening: With the building of a NEW Bypass & The Queens Silver Jubilee Celebrations the 1970s proved to be a busy time for the Worcs village of Ombersley.


Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

On Saturday 31st March, I @luciekerley was invited to attend Sytchampton Village Hall for a film screening of a recently digitised cinefilm entitled: “Ombersley in the 70s”. 

MACE Full Circle Curator - Lucie Kerley addressing the audience at an Ombersley in the 70s Full Circle Film Screening at Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

Arthur and Mike Turner - Film makers and members of Ombersley Dramatic Society.

The event was attended by a local audience of around 100 people who enjoyed the 2 hour film screening plus interval for a nostalgic natter with tea and biscuit style refreshments!The film was originally shot by Mike and Arthur Turner over 40 years ago and has been digitised by the Media Archive for Central England‘s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project after a film search event was launched by Roy Murphy of the Droitwich History and Archaeology Society. The aim of the Full Circle Project is to connect Midlands communities with their on screen heritage, and this is exactly what this event was all about!

Mike and Arthur took turns to do a live running commentary over to films, using the original notes and a background music, which really brought them to life!

Kindly organised by the Ombersley Dramatic Society , it allowed members of the local community a chance to revisit life in the 70s and all that it meant to their local area.

A new Bypass!

Ombersley Bypass 2012.

1970s Ombersley Bypass Grand Opening saw a procession of Vintage Cars lead the way to a traffic free future.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations! 

 A booming local village with a real sense of community spirit!

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Full Circle Archive Film Screening 31.03.12 Sytchampton Village Hall to show digitised Droitwich/ Ombersley archive cine film finds to local community.


MACE Full Circle Curator - Lucie Kerley shakes hands with Depositor Mike Turner as he hands over his cinefilm to be digitised and preserved by MACE.

A good while back I met Mike Turner of Ombersley at a Droitwich History & Archaeology Society meeting; when I first went along to talk about MACE’s Full Circle Community Film Search Project.

Mike had brought along a selection of cinefilms which he had shot some 40 + years ago. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE was able to digitise this material – just one of 200 collections found during the Full Circle Project’s search for film, which are now going to be shown by  Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall, Worcestershire. DY13 9SY on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.

Other titles from Mike Turner’s Collection include:

“The combining of the Parishes of Ombersley and Doverdale in 1973 created one of the largest parishes in Worcestershire. The Parish extends from Crossway Green in the north to Hawford in the south and from east to west from the River Salwarpe to the River Severn. There is excellent farmland with two-thirds approximately devoted to arable crops and one-third pasture for livestock. The soil is similar to that of the Vale of Evesham.

“The village has a rich heritage of half-timbered houses built between 1450 and 1750, mostly within a short distance of the roundabout at the centre of the village. Within the village centre are 22 listed buildings, mainly black and white timbered buildings each unique in style and endowed with considerable charm. The availability of timber explains the concentration of so many timbered buildings in the village. Whilst most are now in use as private residences, some have had a colourful chequered history linked to a time when the village provided all basic services for residents. Many were occupied by a range of businesses including police houses, post offices, public houses, forges, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Villagers have a keen awareness of this historical heritage. There were expressions of sadness and regret when building of the A449, Worcester to Kidderminster trunk necessitated the demolition of buildings. Yet this bypass, with increasing motorised traffic, has contributed to ensuring the fabric of the village is preserved.

An opportunity for villagers to step back in time and to visit Ombersley’s recent past will be the showing of a collection of films taken in the 1970’s illustrating contemporary Ombersley. Films of that era have been digitised by Media Archive for Central England and show construction of the A449, the machines in use at that time and construction workers in their labours. Adult members of the audience may recognise themselves as children at play and performing in shows at the Memorial Hall. The programme is to be presented by Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm. Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.”

Written by Roy Murphy for The Parish of Ombersley and Doverdale Newsletter.

Opposite the car park of the Crown and Sandys is the 16th or 17th century Pewterer’s House. This originated in Bewdley and was re-erected in 1841 and eventually divided to form two cottages.

Cresswells, a ‘cruck house’ located alongside the roundabout was built before 1500. In 1926 the first petrol station in Ombersley was installed a few yards to the north of Cresswells.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Introducing ‘Midlands on Film’ a series of DVD titles celebrating the region through Moving Image


This is going to be a busy year in DVD releases for MACE, not only have we just started to co-produce a documentary on the history of ATV Today, the Lincoln School of Media continue to produce a series of DVDs of local interest to the Midlands region.

‘Midlands on Film’ is a series of nine DVDs celebrating  people and places of the region through moving image preserved in the archive.

Heralded by the release of Nottingham on Film in 2011, Rebuilding Coventry, Made in Leicester and Derbyshire on Film will follow early in 2012 .  Further titles showcasing the range of material held at MACE will cover Lincoln & Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire and Birmingham. A further title, yet to be confirmed will profile either The Black Country or Worcestershire.

Growing out of the varied material in the collections, many topics and themes are explored across the series: Industry and farming; cityscapes (including the rebuilding of Coventry and redevelopment of Birmingham) and the region’s rural landscapes; And of course home and community life, including the celebrations such as the Coronation in 1953 and the Silver Jubilee in 1977, all reflecting the changing world in which we live.

The production of these nine DVDs is a collaboration between MACE and the School of Media at the University of Lincoln and has been made possible by the generous financial support of EM Media through the UK Film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund.

Further details on some of these titles will be uploaded to our online shop in the coming weeks and you will be able to click ‘NOTIFY ME’ to be emailed when they become available. Updates on this will be blogged about in due course.

Meanwhile, From ATVLand in Colour and Nottingham on Film are popular titles that can be purchased now

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Happy 1st Birthday Full Circle Project!!


Sharon & John Naylor were the first people to deposit their father, Fred Naylor's, cinefilm collection with the Full Circle Project

After only 12 months working on MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project we have successfully exceeded the project’s target of engaging 60 communities from across the Midlands.

Amblecote History Society call out for hidden film gems in local community Newspaper

We currently have 70 organisations involved in the project, carrying out film searches, screenings and publicity events and raising awareness of the heritage value of film.

So far we have enlisted the help of over 250 fantastic volunteers who have helped in our search for film. We have reached over 2300 people at our screening events that have taken place over the past 12 months with lots more group activities & events planned throughout 2011.

Full Circle volunteers bake cakes for local history society’s film screening

We have reached the amazing total of 115 people depositing film with the MACE archive, amounting to over 900 reels of film. Some of the depositors collections consist of 1 reel while our largest collection consists of 111 reels of film.

Diana Smith and Roger Dale visit MACE to deposit their father, Frank Dale's, cinefilm collection

A selection of films from the Frank Dale collection

Without the grant from the Heritage Lottery to employ and support the project staff, this could not have happened. MACE’s Full Circle Cataloguer, Catherine English, has been working closely with depositors and groups to glean as much information about the collections as possible in order to contextualise the films ready for sharing with people on the online catalogue.

MACE’s Full Circle Cataloguer, Catherine English

Full Circle Technician, Andrew Jenkins, has been busy digitising the old footage into a new accessible format. Andrew and the MACE team are constantly improving the transfer process to get the best possible copy from the material so that the original can be preserved in archival conditions at MACE.

Full Circle Project InformationAudience members at Belbroughton Primary School's Saturday Full Circle Screening event eagerly await the showing of local archive films.

Mr & Mrs Every at the Full Circle Screening event at Belbroughton Primary School

Bill Every and his wife were also in attendance to sit back and reminisce as a selection of films from their own collection was shown at the Belbroughton screening.

By the end of the project in 2013, we will have generated more activity, engaged more volunteers, involved more schools, held more events and uncovered more remarkable material illuminating our community heritage than any of the targets we set ourselves in the project.

A film still from the John Instance Collection of a Police march through Selly Park

Having created publicity packs and toolkits we work in the community with local groups supporting the local film search activity and passing on the knowledge and skills required to help to assess and work with the material.

By continuing to help to arrange local screenings of footage found or its use in local schools, the project enables people to engage with and enjoy their screen heritage and this engagement is already beginning to generate new activity and spin off projects.

Cannon Hill Park Full Circle Group hold a screening of local archive film at their Spring FestivalFull Circle Depositor Keith Hogkins brings his Tipton cinefilm collection with him to the Full Circle film Screening event at The Public

We are currently working with the Nottinghamshire YMCA Century of Youth Project http://www.ymcadigital.com – a new film project exploring the lives of young people in the East Midlands over the last 100 years, BBC Reel History Project, Wolverhampton Archives, The Ring of Villages Centenary Project, Kings Norton Girls School Centenary, Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery and many many more – helping them to discover their screen heritage.

Full Circle and YMCA Century of Youth Film project - preparing to interview older members of the community

Stills taken from a film of Radford Semele, near Leamington SpaRadford Semele film

Full Circle Depositor Joanne Probert was delighted to have her cinefilm collection digitised by MACE's Full Circle Project and has now shared the results with her daughters family in Australia.

The project blog https://macearchive.wordpress.com/  (and Twitter) have been really successful in putting disparate groups in contact with each other, sharing information, good practice and successes so far. The engagement of the BBC and the broadcast of some of the material found in the project has generated further activity and comment.

Tipton Harriers Centenary Celebration Full Circle Screening EventThe Tipton Harriers on film

Finally, have a look at some of the clips that are now available to watch on http://www.macearchive.org from the fabulous selection of home-movies found by Full Circle so far. http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/bruckshaw-glossop-carnival/MediaEntry/40725.html

For more information on how you can get involved with the Full Circle Project check out:

http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

A big thank you to all involved from Kay and Lucie.

May the search go on!

Plough to Plate Gallery at Worcestershire County Museum


The Worcestershire Country Museum opened the fourth of its new galleries, Plough to Plate,  on 17th October to coincide with their Country Festival event, and we have provided a series of films on agriculture that can be seen by visitors on a specially produced DVD.

Dairy making tools on display at the Plough to Plate gallery

The museum has been undergoing redevelopment of all its permanent galleries with a view to making the exhibitions more relevant to their visitors by using themes about the county of Worcestershire.  Plough to Plate is based on the agriculture of the county, before mechanisation. 

The gallery is called Plough to Plate as it begins with a ploughman’s lunch. Each piece of food on the plate relates to a different type of farming or growing in Worcestershire:

Bread → Arable farming

Apple → Orchard fruits

Salad →  Market gardening

Butter and Cheese →Dairy farming

Flagon of Beer → Hop Growing.

Each type of food has a small area in the gallery where it is investigated further. There are lots of objects in the gallery and plenty of interactive elements  so that visitors can get  involved.  For example you can turn the butter churn, make jigsaws and discover the meaning of Worcestershire agricultural words, smell the smells of a hop yard, and listen to audios of  local people talking about their experience of farm work before and during mechanisation.

Market Gardening area of the Plough to Plate gallery

As part of the gallery, visitors can watch an 8 minute film featuring some of the  areas of farming and growing on display in the gallery. You can also watch some of these films online. Click the links below to view:

Midlands News: 20.09.1962: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 29.9.1965: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 26.05.1965: Asparagus Farming

Midlands News: 02.11.1967: Horse Ploughing

For more information on Worcestershire County Museum, visit their official website here

Full Circle Project Helps Dig up the past at Droitwich History & Archaeology Society Meeting


Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

Last Wednesday evening, I was invited to speak about The Full Circle Project at a meeting with members of The Droitwich History & Archaeology Society by Chairman Roy Murphy. Members were also treated to a talk by Adam from The Wyre Forest LiDar Project (Light Detection & Ranging) which is also being funded by The Heritage Lottery. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7cdj9u 

Scientists from the Forestry Commission’s Forest Research agency have teamed up with the Worcestershire Historic Environment & Archaeology Service, as partners in the Grow with Wyre scheme. “We are using innovative aerial survey techniques, known as LiDAR (Light, Detection & Ranging).  LiDAR uses pulses of harmless laser energy beamed down from aircraft flying about 1000 metres (3300 feet) up.” It was a fascinating talk that enabled people to see how the history of the landscape has evolved over time.

The Droitwich History and Archaeology Society have recently joined the Full Circle search for Midlands related home-movies, film and moving image materials in their area.

Roy also put an appeal for finding film in the Droitwich History & Archaeology Society and the Ombersley and Doverdale Today Newsletters, and from these a couple of people came forward with their film collections.

The first collection was from Michael Turner, of Ombersley, whose Super 8mm cinefilm collection includes footage from the early 1970’s of the building of the Ombersley Bypass and also footage of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations in July 1977. There is also a film which he created for the Ombersley Dramatics Society http://www.ombersleydram.co.uk/ which is in three parts. We look forward to digitising the material,  Michael’s original films will then be held in environmentally controlled storage conditions at MACE and viewing copies will be made so that it can be enjoyed again by both Michael and Members of the Dramatics Society and the rest of the Ombersley and Droitwich Spa communities.

The Michael Turner Collection. Michael Turner deposits his cinefilm collection with Full Circle Project Curator: Lucie Kerley. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

 

I asked Roy to write a bit of information about his group and the work they do.

“Droitwich History and Archaeology Society (DHAS) is a small society based on the spa town of Droitwich, Worcestershire. The Society meets during the first Wednesday of each month except August in the Community Centre and is addressed by a speaker who presents a topic of local historic or archaeological interest.

The Society organises Guided Town Walks around historic Droitwich and presents exhibitions of historic photographs during public events such as the town’s Salt Days and St. Richards Days.

The Full Circle Project is a well managed and technically advanced project. The need to renew old film so that it is compatible with the latest technology is essential if memories from the past are to be retained and records kept of industrial processes and social traditions.

Droitwich Spa High Street. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

Droitwich Spa and the surrounding countryside are steeped in history. Agricultural processes and traditions have been transformed and in the towns of Worcestershire many historically significant buildings have been demolished in the name of progress. Records of these buildings and processes have been captured in the private films compiled by residents but with the change from film to digital many examples can no longer be viewed. The Full Circle Project is an important means of overcoming this deficiency.

The team at MACE are doing a splendid job in rescuing and resurrecting important evidence of earlier environments. Droitwich History and Archaeology Society is well placed to act as a conduit for the collection and forwarding of film for processing by MACE. We aspire to assembling a comprehensive record of 20th century life within Droitwich and surrounding villages with the help of the Full Circle Project.”

Chairman. Roy Murphy. roy.murphy@virgin.net.

Chateau Impney and grounds. Photo taken by Roy Murphy

The second collection found by Droitwich History & Archaeology Society was the Philip Jackson Collection that his wife Christine Turner kindly deposited with the project. Copies of the footage shot by Philip using his cinefilm camera from the early 1960’s to the late 1970’s will be given to Christine and her family and also eventually be made available to the public via the MACE archive website.

Chateau Impney Interior. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

Christine Jackson deposits her husband Philip Jackson's cinefilm collection with The Full Circle Project.

 Christine and her family live in the beautiful grounds of the Chateau Impney http://www.chateau-impney.com/ and we hope that some of the footage found in the collection will feature the family enjoying the gardens of the Chateau and life in Worcestershire along with the holidays that they took and family days out.

The Droitwich History & Archaeology Society are looking forward to having the films digitised as part of The  3 year Heritage Lottery Full Circle Project so that they can have a screening of the material found in their Full Circle film search some time early next year.

Thank you to Roy Murphy for the photos and also to members of The Droitwich H & A Society for allowing me to come and talk at your meeting and for giving me a warm welcome. I look forward to seeing what the results of the Full Circle Project’s search for film brings to your area!

Watch this space for more finds during the Full Circle Project’s search for film.

For more information about MACE (The Media Archive for Central England)  contact: 0116 252 5066 or The Full Circle Project, please contact Lucie Kerley: Full Circle Project Curator on 0116 252 5931 04 07919 896 505 or email: lk99@le.ac.uk

The Media Archive for Central England, www.macearchive.org are an independent limited company and a registered charity, is the public sector regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands.  Based at the University of Leicester we are part of a network of public moving image archives that collectively preserve the UK’s moving image heritage. We are also an integral part of the network of public archives and record offices across the Midlands.

Our aims are to collect, document, preserve, and subsequently provide access to the moving image heritage of the East and West Midlands. In addition we provide an information service to help people who are looking for film as well advice on how to care for moving image materials outside the archive.